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4AM by Jacqueline Biollo

4:22 AM | Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

But at the same time, I know that the moments that challenge me the most, the ones that beg me to pull the covers over my head and shut out the world, are the same ones that give me the strength and willpower to pull the covers off, jump out of bed, and face the day head-on. I believe in my ability to learn from each experience and contemplate how to improve a situation better… one day at a time.

Jacqueline Biollo is of Ojibwe ancestry. She works with Indigenous communities and leadership to foster and maintain relationships between governments, organizations, and Indigenous communities.

Missing and Murdered: Perspective | Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

We may not accept the pathway others choose to follow to foster a respectful environment in a community that has been underrepresented for a long time in history. Still, circumstances beseech us to consider the purpose of understanding the relationship with Indigenous Peoples, increasing our knowledge, building or managing the opportunities for equity, diversity, and inclusion, and reflecting on the path that embodies the values of honour, trust, honesty, and humility.

The City of Edmonton took another step in its journey of reconciliation by officially declaring September 30, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a civic holiday.

September 30 declared Civic Holiday in Edmonton

“Officially acknowledging September 30 as a civic holiday is a small but significant step in our commitment to supporting and building strong, respectful relationships with Indigenous Peoples in Edmonton,” said Andre Corbould, City Manager. “Administration will continue listening, connecting, advocating, and partnering with Indigenous communities to ensure they see themselves included and reflected in the City’s spaces, places, and services. We still have a lot of work to do, and we’re dedicated to continue moving forward on our journey of reconciliation.”

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